Boko Haram vs Charlie Hebdo

Just thinking out loud here.  Yesterday day, over 40 world leaders and about 4 million people participated in a solidarity march in the defense of press freedom and democracy according to one prominent world leader.  The tragic loss of 17 lives in Paris is what started it all.

charlie hebdo 1But we have heard about worse atrocities happening around the globe and yet, there has not been the same reaction from world leaders.  For example, on Sunday, two female suicide attackers killed four people and injured more than 40 people in the town of Potiskum in Nigeria. Just a day before that, a 10-year-old suicide bomber killed 19 people also in Nigeria.
boko haramOn Wednesday last week, the same day as the Paris attacks, Boko Haram attacked a town called Baga and killed close to 2,000 people.  Many people in the surrounding areas, had to leave their homes and flee for safety elsewhere. And yet, no solidarity march in Lagos or some other part of Nigeria protesting these barbaric acts. Is one on the horizon perhaps?

Most Men are Not Satisfied with the Permanent Output of Their Lives

Only One LifeMost men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards.

J. Campbell White, Excerpt from Secretary of the Laymen’s Missionary Movement, 1909.

 

Where is God when “Charlie Hebdo” Happens?

Paris 1About 4 million people joined by over 40 world leaders marched across France in honor of the 17 people killed in the Paris attacks incited by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo weekly, which often published cartoons making fun of respected religious figures.

According to Al Jazeera, the most notable among the international dignitaries who took part in the march included David Cameron (British Prime Minister), Mariano Rajoy, (Spain’s Prime Minister), Angela Merkel (German Chancellor), Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel’s Prime Minister), Mahmoud Abbas (Palestinia President), Petro Poroshenko (Ukraine’s President) as well as King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania.  Continue reading